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No. 10 to Receive Slaughter Horse Transportation Report

A long distance ride aimed at raising awareness of the appalling conditions in which 133,000 horses are transported across Europe for slaughter every year, will be reaching 10 Downing Street on Sunday, 1st September.

The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Transportation Awareness Ride started at the Border Union Show in Kelso, Scotland on 27th July
and will be finishing at 10 Downing Street where they will deliver a new report on the charity's findings on the European slaughter horse traffic.

Says Keith Meldrum, Legislative Consultant for the ILPH and ex MAFF Chief Veterinary Officer, "It is a lamentable fact that the EU permits horses to suffer by allowing them to be moved over long distances when it could be possible for them to be slaughtered close to their point of origin. It is equally shocking that some Member States don't even enforce their existing animal welfare legislation.

"We hope that the European Parliament will both improve and implement a new Directive for the protection of horses bound for slaughter in Europe."

Slaughter Horse Transportation Awareness Ride 2002

A host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and horse sports have pledged their support to a long distance charity ride this summer.
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Transportation Awareness Ride will start from the Border Union Show at Kelso, on Saturday 27th July and will finish in Westminster, London in early September.
The objective of the Ride is to raise awareness of the hundreds of thousands of horses, ponies and donkeys that travel for days in lorries across Europe, in appalling conditions, often without rest, food, or water (from as far afield as Bellarus, Lithuania, and Romania) for slaughter within the European Union.
Comments HRH The Princess Royal, ILPH President, "Most of the very valuable work that the ILPH does towards the welfare of horses transported across Europe for slaughter is not visible - it is 'behind the scenes' working with the European Commission and Governments as well in source countries at a grass roots level.
"I am extremely pleased that, through its Transportation Awareness Ride this summer and in its 75th Anniversary year, the ILPH will be raising public awareness not only to the plight of these poor horses, but to the admirable work the ILPH is doing to help alleviate the suffering in the short term with the long term aim of stopping the traffic altogether."
Jeremy James, ILPH Transportation Consultant, will be giving public talks in towns/villages along the Ride route about work that the ILPH is doing to improve slaughter horse welfare and about his fact finding journeys through Europe. He is no stranger to long distance rides - he rode from Turkey to Wales in 1987, and in 1990 during the collapse of communism he rode from Bulgaria, through Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia (as it was then), Poland, East Germany to arrive in Berlin on Unification Day.

Says Pam St. Clement, well known TV personality and animal lover, "The traffic in horses and donkeys across mainland Europe for slaughter is horrific - it is inconceivable that in the 21st century this is allowed to happen. I fully support the work that the ILPH is doing and their efforts to improve the welfare of these suffering equines. I hope that they achieve their eventual goal of stopping such unnecessary cruelty altogether."
Equine clubs and societies, horselovers and all those concerned about the traffic in live horses for slaughter are invited to join the Ride when it's in their area. The route will be off road as much as possible.
Those wishing to offer their support in any way can call a dedicated phoneline 0870 908 1927 where they will be able to leave a message. Full details about the Ride can be obtained by calling 0870 366 6910. Both of these lines will be operational from 10 May. Additional information can be found on the ILPH website at, in the Horse and Hound, or in local news media.


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